Jun 15, 2024  
2021-2022 General/Graduate Catalog - Expires August 2027 
    
2021-2022 General/Graduate Catalog - Expires August 2027 [Archived Catalog]

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ENVS 200 - Introduction to Environmental Studies


We study a variety of perspectives on humans and nature, examining questions such as “Do non-human species, or features of the landscape, have intrinsic value?” and “Can (scientific) knowledge affect human behavior?” We attempt to develop an understanding of the resources offered by humanities scholars and social and natural scientists for addressing such questions. Data-driven assessments available from scientists are examined to characterize the state of our planetary inheritance. Particular topics addressed may include food production, loss of biological diversity, and energy generation/use. Public policy (including economic, cultural and sociological considerations) regarding these and other environmental issues like proliferation of industrial pollutants and conservation of endangered species are also addressed. We intend to facilitate informed, critical, interdisciplinary reflection on central issues pertaining to the environment, in part by increasing empirical knowledge of these issues.

Credit(s): 3
Course Attribute(s):
  • This is a writing-enhanced course.



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